FOR ALL LYONS BUSINESS OPERATORS
Lyons Commercial District Main Street Activation Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 27, with workshops at 2 p.m., and the meeting from 5 to 8:30 p.m., at the Lyons Town Hall. Lyons has been an applicant for Downtown Colorado for two years, and will apply to become a certified member in 2012. Everybody should fill out the survey you will be receiving soon. The Town and businesses have to show an interest in enhancing their Main Street. Committees will be formed to continue the revitalization of all Lyons businesse s and to plan events with the help of Downtown Colorado. All businesses are urged to attend.
Register now for toddler and adult movement classes at Mayama!
October 16th - December 17, 8-week session (no classes the week of Thanksgiving)
TODDLER CLASSES - Little Bird Parent/Toddler Class (Ages 0-3) Thursdays and Fridays from 10-10:45 a.m. Creative Movement (Ages 3 and 4) Wednesdays from 3:00-3:45 p.m.
ADULT CLASSES: – Beginning Belly Dance - Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Meditation in Everyday Life – Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
HALLOWEEN is next week and just around the corner, with lots of excitement for all of Lyons:
PUMPKIN CARVING AND MASK MAKING on Saturday, Oct 29. The evening starts off 3 to 5 p.m., with pumpkin carving and mask making (ages 5 to 14) at the Oddfellows Hall. Come use your imagination to create a scary or goofy mask before the parade. All materials provided (adult supervision is required).
BONGO THE BALLOON MAN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Main Street. All children are invited to be entertained by Bongo the Balloon Man, a Lyons area resident and popular longtime fixture on the Pearl Street Mall. Bongo creates unique balloon sculptures that capture the imagination. You all come.
THE LYONS GARDEN CLUB will host the third annual chili cook off on Saturday, October 29, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at The Stone Cup. Judging will take place at 4:30 p.m., and prizes will be awarded for first place in the three categories (red, green, and vegetarian). Bowls of chili will be for sale, $5 per bowl and .50 cents for a taste. Application forms are available at the Stone Cup to enter your chili. Applications along with a $10 entry fee can be mailed to: P.O. Box 154. ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE USED FOR PLANTING AND LANDSCAPING LYONS’ FLOWERBEDS.
HALLOWEEN PARADE, at 6 p.m. NOTE CHANGE OF LINE-UP: Line up on 4th Avenue between Main Street and Broadway. The parade, led by the Lyons High Band, will go west on Main, east on High, and south on 4th to complete the route around the block to disperse for Trick-or-Treating to the Lyons businesses. Safe Trick-or-treating for all! All children welcome. Be sure to say “Thanks!”
FIRST OLD TIME-COMMUNITY DANCE OF THE SEASON, 7 to 10 p.m., at the Lyons Oddfellows Hall, 4th and High. Caller Chris Kermiet, band: Lizard Spring. A snack potluck. Costume contest will be judged by the band. Adult and kid winners will receive prizes. – PLAN TO ATTEND.
VOTE ‘YES’ FOR PROPOSITION 103 to give Colorado Schools more funding. The cuts are fierce, and this proposal will bolster the schools for good education. PROPOSITION 103 IS PROPOSED TO RAISE THE STATE’S INCOME TAX from 4.63% to 5%. And the SALES TAX AND USE TAX from 2.9% TO 3% for the period of 2012 through 2016 income tax years, for a period of five years commencing on January 1, 2012. The vote will raise $536.l million dollars for support of the State’s schools. A few cents on a purchase will never be noticed by us, but will go a long way for the State and local students toward a better education. VOTE “YES”. You should receive a mail-in ballot, if not, contact the Lyons Town Hall. (a “YES” is for kids!)
SUPPORT RICK HAMMANS for St. Vrain School Board. We need to vote on November 1, for Rick as our representative. RICK HAMMANS should be re-elected to the St. Vrain School Board. He has had experience, knows what is happening, and has his “eye” on good education for all our students. Lyons Middle Senior High School, our school is in the top 5% of the nation! Our undivided support for a good school is a must. HAMMANS is striving to establish stable funding and stop the downward slide of resources, build on achievement gains at every level, and continue to close the achievement gap. SO VOTE, VOTE, FOR RICK HAMMANS ON NOVEMBER 1.
A REMINDER OF THE HISTORY OF LYONS HIGH SCHOOL
For the new folks, or as a reminder, we must not forget Lyons’ years (1948-1974) of struggle to keep our High School here in Lyons. Before 1962 they tried to just have one county high school; then (1962-1970) one large school in Longmont. Thanks to the outlying areas that stood up for small schools in their own community, LYONS HIGH SCHOOL was saved.! To show you the dedication to save our High School, we pay tribute to Wayne Maurer and Fred Robb, who sat on the front seat at the School Board meetings for 14 years, and to Ada Lou Hammans (mother of Rick, who was PTO President in 1967) who filled the Elementary Gym with Lyons protesters. She asked all 500 there to stand up, if they DID NOT WANT TO LOSE OUR SCHOOL. They stood enmass. Very heartwarming! Our Thanks!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
The public is invited to join in the l50th Anniversary of Boulder County on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Boulder Courthouse Plaza, hosted by the Boulder County Commissioners. The celebration will feature a color guard and proclamation from the Governor’s Office, with event awards and birthday cake!
Saturday, November 5, The Lyons Golden Gang will participate in the CRAFT SHOW at the lst Baptist Church.
THANKS TO THE STUDENT ACTIVIST for the delicious soup dinner (made from theirs and other gardens, with zucchini bread for dessert) last Monday evening made for the Lyons Seniors. Our deep thanks. A special dinner every other Monday is held for the Lyons Seniors by the area Churches.
SOPHOMORES PLAN TEST – Tuesday, Nov. 1, at LHS. This is preparation for the ACT, which is required for all juniors. A career interest inventory is part of the exam. No sign up or cost to students.
TO JUNIOR & SENIORS
ACT Registration must be postmarked by Nov. 4, for the Dec. 10 test, and the SAT Registration deadline is Nov. 8, for the Dec. 3 test. (other dates to follow)
Juniors and seniors may take up to two college courses at Front Range Community College or CU-Boulder per semester. They can be a continuation of a student’s high school studies. Tuition costs will be reimbursed after they successfully complete the classes (C or better). Contact Ms. Rominger to register for the spring semester as there is a short window to enroll.
CROSS COUNTRY DISTRICT MEET FOR 2A/3A/4A THIS THURSDAY IN LYONS
AT 3 P.M.
Over 100 teams will converge on Lyons High field this Thursday for the District Cross Country Meet. Here the teams will qualify to go to State held next Saturday at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora, starting at 9:30 a.m. Teams like to come to Lyons with a good track and trails to run around the countryside on. Good luck team.
LYONS NEXT HOME FOOTBALL GAME will be next Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., vs Clear Creek (Idaho Springs). State Prelims on Sat., Nov. 5; State Quarterfinals, Nov. 12; State Semifinals Nov. 19; and State Finals Nov. 16. Good luck boys! As of Tuesday, Lyons is rated first in the 1A Metro North League; and rated No. 4, in the State Class 1A. Go Boys!
LYONS SOFTBALL TEAM lost to Berthoud at the District Tournament, and are out. We compliment the Lyons girls who had a lot of exciting games and did well. Thanks, girls.
The Lyons Volleyball team has two more games: Thursday at Platte Valley, and Saturday, at home, vs Dayspring Christian (12:00, l:00, 2:00) with playoffs, next Tuesday, Oct. 25; Dist. Tournament, Sat., Oct. 29; Regional Tournament Sat, Nov. 5; and State Tournament, Fri/Sat, Nov. 11 & 12. Good luck girls!
OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO NOLA BASEY who was honored as Player of the Week by the Times-Call for 14 kills, 4 blocks, and 7 digs, against Valley.
A large crowd of over 80 business owners attended the October Chamber Social at Stone Mountain Lodge last Wednesday evening with Co-Hosts: Lyons Community Foundation, Lyons Historical Society, Oskar Blues Bar and Grill, and the Provisional Rotary Club of Greater Lyons, part of Rotary International District 5450. All enjoyed the “Big Top” theme with circus acts, artists, and fire rings. New Chamber members are: Lyons Dairy Bar (Kevin and Julie Waugh) and Peaceful Spirit Massage.
DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT DON HADDAD. visited the Lyons Middle Senior School Tuesday evening for his regular “Community Update”. He is scheduled throughout the District regularly to visit all the Feeder Schools of the St. Vrain Valley.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ETHEL (DANIELS) MARSHALL
LYONS DECENDANTS VISIT LYONS
Visiting Lyons recently were: Berene (McConnell) Sullivan of Boulder, 1942 graduate of Lyons High School; and daughter, Rosamond, [(my sister; daughter of Bernie & Irene McConnell, and granddaughter of Albert James and Bertha (Reese) McConnell (1895); and great granddaughter of John & Catherine Reese (who homesteaded where the High School is in 1862.] (Thus the names of: Reese Street and McConnell Drive).
Kristie Hinke of Platteville,visited her cousin Maxine (Ohline) Harkalis and the Lyons Redstone Museum. Her mother was Marilyn (King) Elshof daughter of Frank and Helen (Brown) King granddaughter of Hugh and Clara Bell Brown, who came from Carthage, Missouri to Lyons by train in 1918. Maxine is the daughter of Golda (Brown), the sister of Helen King, and Art Ohline. Kristie’s mother, Marilyn, passed away in November of 1984, and she had not been in contact with her Lyons cousins since.
Also, Scott, Jodre, Emma, and Eli Nicholls of Littleton, the grandson of Grant Gilger who came to Lyons in 1906 from Iowa due to his wife, Mattie, having tuberculosis. They camped in Meadow Park and were given housing by M. J. Scanlon who had their home above the Golden Rule Store (now the vacant lot of the Outdoor Market). Gilger operated the Lyons Mercantile and Lumber Co., on Main Street and 4th Avenue, which they operated until his death in 1934. His two daughters were Zella, who married Carl Frank, who operated the Frank Meat Market (now The Fork) and Claudine, who married Wayne Keinonen of Colorado Springs. Their daughter, Natalie, who married Thomas Nichols is the mother of Scott. Natalie, who lives in Indianapolis, visits Lyons whenever she visits Scott and family.
LYONS MERCANTILE COMPANY is being revitalized by Monica McGuckin, who will soon open a consignment store (furniture and items, no clothing) at 441 Main Street (formerly Ohm Salon+Gallery).
(timely for Halloween)
Jonathan Roberts, Lyons 2011 graduate and son of Cliff and Kathy Roberts, who is attending Front Range College called for a Lyons Mystery for his class. We found “The disappearance of Aquilla Cook”, for which he will surely get an “A.”
THE STORY IS: An Easterner, Aquilla Cook (1833-1868) liked to hunt in the Colorado Rockies. He would arrive in Denver by train, spend several days in the city, then make the trip through Lyons up to the mountain to hunt. In 1868 he checked into the Pacific House in Denver, as he had done in years past. Several months later, a Denver newspaper reported that he had not returned to the hotel and his whereabouts were unknown. By May 1869, the Rocky Mountain News reported that he was assumed missing somewhere in the St.Vrain Canyon.
Around 1906 Susan “Sissy” Billings, the daughter of George and Henrietta, was out riding on the family ranch up toward the summit of one of the nearby mountains. The teen-age girl was shocked to find a skull and a few other human bones scattered around a rock. The remains were assumed to be those of Aquilla Cook. A burial is recorded in the Hygiene Cemetery.
No one remembers who or just when, but a relative of Aquilla came to Lyons to erect a monument to the deceased. George “Manny” Billings, Sissy’s brother, was hired to place the sandstone slab on the exact spot where Cook’s remains were found. The marker reads: AQUILLA COOK, Died here, April 20, 1868.
The favorite haunt of Mr. Cook was on the North St. Vrain. The most accepted version of his trips into the area was told by Clair Billings, now deceased, who stated: “As near as I can tell Aquilla Cook was just a hunter. He would walk or ride a horse up from Lyons and be gone two or three days at a time.”
The mountain where the man lost his life was named Cook Mountain. It is located near Buttonrock Dam, west of Lyons, and above the Billings’ holdings.
In 1871, a body was found near the North St. Vrain Creek. Thus the mystery. Was the first body really Aquilla? Who was the other man? Had the first man discovered Cook’s body, took his gear, and then lost his own life?
The Mystery of the second man may never be solved. The tombstone is reverently set to honor Aquilla Cook. Both men died while hunting alone (from the book: “Birth of a Quarry Town-1800’s-Lyons, Colorado” by Frank Weaver and Diane Benedict).
Yes, a Mystery for Halloween. The Question: Is the tombstone still on Cook Mountain? Please call (303) 823-5925 if you have any information.